May 10, 2010

Fast-rising Mississippi safety adding offers

He hasn't received some of the hype poured on fellow Mississippians such as Nickalos Brassell, Tobias Singleton, Jermaine Whitehead and C.J. Johnson, but Wiggins safety Darion Arrington is quickly moving up the want charts of several college football programs.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Arrington, who put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball for Stone High School last season, has picked up six scholarship offers already, and it's become more and more clear that he's a priority recruit.

"Basically, they all say the same stuff," the soft-spoken Arrington said. "They're all about the same to me. They just talk about how they work their programs and stuff."

Arrington has picked up offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Memphis and Texas Tech. He's traveled to Ole Miss and Alabama already this spring, and he's visited Mississippi State previously.

"I liked it up there (in Starkville) a little bit," said Arrington, who said he was most comfortable with Mississippi State at this point. "They seemed like more out-the-city, more country."

As for Ole Miss, Arrington made a trip to Oxford for the Rebels' initial spring practice on March 27. He said he "didn't really see too much but the practice," but he's liked what he's heard from Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price enough to want to go back soon.

"They've got a pretty good program going over there," Arrington said, adding he plans to camp at Ole Miss and Mississippi State this summer.

Arrington, who sports a consistent 4.5-second 40-yard dash, rushed for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns on 125 carries as a junior, adding 21 receptions for 337 yards and three touchdowns. However, his future appears to be on defense.

"He loves hitting, so that's what he wants to play in college," Stone coach Brian Oakes said.

Last season, Arrington recorded 79 tackles, four interceptions and a fumble recovery.

"He's a great player," Oakes said. "He plays with a lot of intensity and a passion for the game. I'm glad he's on my team."

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